Potpourri

It’s been a busy season in our office, and we don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In the midst of this busyness, however, I’ve been seeing some interesting research and statistics emerge on a number of topics. Instead of offering labored commentaries on each piece, I thought I’d simply share some of these…

Triangulation

As both a minister and a researcher, the term “triangulation” is one of my very favorite words since it is a central concept within both professions. The word, however, possesses very different meanings in each context above and beyond its purely mathematical explanations. For ministers, triangulation has roots in family systems theory and was comprehensibly contextualized…

Dividing and Merging

What will happen to our church attendance if we go from one to two services? What will happen if we go from two services to one? When two churches merge, the resulting congregation should be about the size of the two merging congregations added together, right? These are questions that are often asked of religious…

Rocks and Islands

In my 34 years of life, I’ve come to this realization about our nation as a whole: We are a society of individuals who sometimes end up being around other people. I, like many other national and regional staff persons, travel frequently by air. It never ceases to amaze me that most of us on…